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Kingston Wi-Drive 16 GB USB 2.0 Pocket-sized Portable Storage WID/16GBZ

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  • Wireless Network Interface - Wi-Fi 802.11g/n with wireless security (WPA/WEP)
  • Rechargeable Battery - up to four hours of continuous use
  • Cable - miniUSB to USB cable included. User can upload files and content from their PC/Mac to the Wi-Drive using the USB cable.
  • App - downloadable at Apple's App Store
  • Compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G/3GS/4, iPod touch (3G is limited to iOS4.2.1+)
  • Configurable APN (access point name) and Key functions to connect to Wireless Access Point (Internet Connection)
  • Guaranteed - one year warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: KIAZ7
  • Model: WID/16GBZ
  • Hard Disk Size: 16 GB
  • Hard Disk Description: Portable
  • Weight: 0.50 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.4 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00576APBQ
  • Item model number: WID/16GBZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 11, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Store and share your favorite content with your favorite people.

Kingston’s revolutionary new Wi-Drive™ gives you added, Flash-based storage for Apple devices and Kindle Fire and lets you share photos, videos, music and more with two other users on their own iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Kindle Fire. Share documents and other content, or stream media to break through the storage limitations of your iPad, iPod touch, iPhone or Kindle Fire.

With integrated Wi-Fi and four hours of battery life, Kingston's new Wi-Drive offers pocket-sized portable storage and easy file sharing for Apple devices and Kindle Fire. Accessing or sharing your personal media has never been easier. Take it anywhere, in your purse, backpack or briefcase, to share your files, music, photos, videos and more.

Wi-Drive is backed by a one-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston® reliability.

Kingston’s Wi-Drive offers great:
  • Portability: Wi-Fi enabled so you can take your favorite media with you — and not be tethered to your computer. Just use your digital device as a player and display.
  • Expanded storage: Wi-Drive adds up to 64GB of storage space for more of your favorite music, photos, videos, PDFs and more.
  • Casual Sharing: Wi-Drive lets you share your favorite media with two other users simultaneously — without any hassles.

Supported formats for audio files include AAC, MP3, and WAV formats. Playable video files include H.264, m4v, mp4, mov and Motion JPEG (M-PEG). You can view static images of types JPG, BMP, and TIFF and documents in Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, or Apple iWork formats (pdf, doc, docx, key, numbers, pages, ppt, pptx, txt, rtf, xls).

Access to the drive is done over the 802.11 g/n protocol, just like your typical home wireless hub. Carry extra files and content with you and use your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Kindle Fire as a display to share information.

Stop worrying about filling up the space on your Apple mobile device or Kindle Fire. Keep a Kingston Wi-Drive in your pocket and share files securely with friends or colleagues — all your files are shareable over a secure local network.

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Product Description

With integrated Wi-Fi and four hours of battery life, Kingston's new Wi-Drive offers pocket-sized portable storage and easy file sharing for Apple devices, including iPod touch Gen 3 & 4, iPhone and iPad. Accessing or sharing your personal media has never been easier. With Wi-Drive, you can add another 16 or 32GB of space accessed wirelessly from your digital device. The content can be shared by three people so you are no longer limited to the space available within your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Whether at home, by the pool or on the road, Wi-Drive lets you take more content with you without running out of storage space. Just back-up your files before you go and wirelessly access them from Wi-Drive when you need them. Portability: Wi-Fi enabled so you can take your favorite media with you - and not be tethered to your computer. Just use your digital device as a player and display. Expanded storage: Wi-Drive adds up to 32GB of storage space for more of your favorite music, photos, videos, PDFs and more. It's also a great companion for Windows users on iPads, as it removes the frustration of using auto sync to view content. Casual Sharing: Wi-Drive lets you share your favorite media with three users simultaneously - without any hassles. Access to the drive is done over the 801.11 g/n protocol, just like your typical home wireless hub, with a password. Carry extra files and content with you and use your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch as a display to share information. Best of all, Wi-Drive is backed by legendary Kingston reliability, free tech support and a one-year warranty.

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Customer Reviews

All in all, a great product to increase your mobile devices storage.
G. Henderson
Overall its a great product and worth the money if your going to use it for what its meant for...Cheers to Kingston as always..
thefirsthead
As I traveled on the Amtrak train I was easily able to connect my iPad to the Kingston Wi-Drive and watch my movies.
Lawrence Armstrong

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

297 of 314 people found the following review helpful By Chris E on November 2, 2011
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The Kingston Wi-Drive is an idea whose time has come. It works well and makes viewing movies and other multimedia files via your iPhone/iPad very easy.

However, there is one hidden drawback that makes the device far less desirable: it is formatted in FAT32 and thus will not allow any file larger than 4gb to be copied over. Let me repeat that so that it is very clear: you cannot copy a file larger than 4gb to this device and there is no workaround for this limitation. For those of you that are in the IT field, you understand what this limitation means. For those of you not tech-savvy, what this means is that the largest size file that you can copy onto this device is about 4gb. Now that may not sound like a big deal, but when you have a studio-produced movie file often the size of the file exceeds 4gb. For home movies, song files and other basic multimedia files this is not a deal breaker. But if you are using the device like I am, for watching Hollywood movies, then you will run headlong into this limitation.

I contacted Kingston support to confirm that there is no workaround to this problem and they did confirm that this is a fixed limitation. The drive cannot be reformatted to NTFS due to the configuration files for management of the wireless connectivity. What really is frustrating is that Kingston chooses to hide this issue from the consumer. No where is there any mention of this little restriction, and I believe that this type of fact should be clearly disclosed in the product description.

Otherwise this is a great little device. It's small, light, easy to work with, and the streaming of the files has so far worked flawlessly.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Ed TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 29, 2011
Have you ever found yourself wishing you could extend the storage of your smartphone or tablet? If so, Kingston has stepped up to provide you with a solution. The Wi-Drive is a wireless storage solution for your device--and it's a good one.

PROS:

- Easy to set up
- Supports all native iOS file types
- Android support coming in November '11
- Acts as a bridge to extend Wi-Fi connection
- Connectivity for up to three devices
- Small and sleek design

CONS:

- Bridge mode currently doesn't support unadvertised Wi-Fi networks
- Can get pretty warm

IN THE BOX
The Wi-Drive comes with a Getting Started guide, a wall plug for charging, and a USB cable

DESIGN
The Wi-Drive is basically a flash-based USB storage device that comes in 16GB and 32GB sizes. Since it uses flash memory, rather than a mechanical drive, the Wi-Drive is incredibly slim and light.

The exterior is made out of a glossy plastic that looks great, but attracts a fair amount of dust and fingerprints. At the top of the Wi-Drive is a standard mini-USB port for connecting it to a computer and for charging. On the right side is a small power button and a pinhole reset button.

Despite the thin plastic material for the housing, the Wi-Drive feels pretty well-made. It does creak a bit though, if you put pressure on the plastic housing. I also wish it had non-skid feet on the backside to keep it from sliding around.

SETUP
Setting up the Wi-Drive is pretty simple and involves just three steps: 1. Connect the Wi-Drive to a computer and transfer files over 2. Install the free Wi-Drive app 3. Connect your device to the Wi-Drive over Wi-Fi.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Henderson on November 24, 2011
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I received my Wi-Drive in late November and have found that it works as advertised without problem. Contrary to earlier reviews, I have found that the unit does work when charging from the wall charger, possibly the firmware has been updated from earlier versions. There is also a beta app available for Android devices in the Android Market. (Not yet available for the Kindle Fire in the Amazon app store.) I have also found that the signal range is very good and easily exceeds the advertised 30 feet. All in all, a great product to increase your mobile devices storage.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Derryberry on June 14, 2012
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I've had this drive for over a month now and decided it was worth writing a review. The first one I received was unfortunately defective...however, this turned in to an opportunity for Kingston to show just how amazing their customer service is. They made short work of the turnaround and the replacement works perfectly. In fact, it works even better than I imagined. The range is absolutely incredible. In the building where I work, I can turn it on and have it sitting on my desk; about 40-50 feet away a co-worker can pick it up at full strength and stream a movie, and about 100 feet away around a corner (with a stairwell blocking a direct line-of-sight) another co-worker can pick it up at almost full strength. We all three were able to stream different movies to watch. I'm not sure what kind of range this device has, but I'm extremely impressed thus far.

The other thing to point out is something I couldn't find any info about prior to purchasing; it appeared that you could only stream files from the drive to a device, but it's actually possible to copy them to the "Local" drive (i.e., the phone, iPad, etc.) and watch them without have the Wi Drive on or with you. So...while it may not be allowed to have it on during a flight, one could definitely download movies from it to the device during a layover.

Everyone that has seen it (or accessed) is very impressed with the size and capability. For anyone with a 16Gb iPad or iPod, this would be a great way to have extra files with you. (I've used it for video, music, jpeg, and data files)
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